Between long workdays, taking care of your family, your home and the holiday run around you're definitely ready for some rest and relaxation with your significant other. Check out these ideas to enjoy in the cold winter months with your special someone.
Explore Oxford County Cheese Trail
Check out the Oxford County Cheese Trail where foodies can see Oxford County’s rich history in dairy and cheese when you dine, visit a museum, art gallery, or boutique. You can even visit a replica cheese factory from the 1800 and take your picture with the “wheels of cheese.” Visit hot spots along the cheese trail including unique shops, cheese at local restaurants, cheese makers, and art galleries that show the county’s agricultural roots. Some of the locations include Chocolatea, a professional chocolatier who follows the artisan tradition of creating everything by hand, and the Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum, which was voted the Top Small Museum in Ontario, or score a reservation for the Chef's Table at Six Thirty Nine to watch your meal come together before your eyes.
Dance the Night Away in Port Stanley
Enjoy a night to remember in Port Stanley where you can have a delicious, intimate dinner at the Solo on Main, committed to using only the freshest local foods to compose a menu with all house-made ingredients. Then, music lovers can catch a show at the 150 seat Port Stanley Festival Theatre located in the former Town Hall. Upcoming winter shows include Billy Joel & the Piano Man starring Bruce Tournay, celebrating the greatest piano artists of all time, Chicago Transit, a Chicago tribute band and Mardi Gras Night at the Stork Club, traditional Dixieland music from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s will be featured in concert. Finish your night at the Kettle Creek Inn where visitors from all over the world come to stay and eat. In the winter, the English-style pub on site is the place to be on Friday nights; or you can enjoy a relaxing evening and attend their yoga studio located right inside the inn.
Travel Back In Time At The Retro Suites
The Retro Suites in Chatham offers individually-designed suites that will bring excitement, elegance and style to your romantic overnight experience. The century-old building has exposed brick-walls, loft-style ceilings and large custom-built washrooms. In fact, the original tin ceilings, terrazzo floors, and contemporary artwork makes this experience truly unforgettable. With rooms styled after log cabins, the wild wild west, libraries, and Paris, you’ll never have the same experience twice. While you’re there, you can even grab a bite to eat at the Chilled Cork where you’ll experience an eclectic atmosphere, a modern take on culinary favourites, and unparalleled service.Close out the night with a three minute stroll to Son’s of Kent Brewing Company for a night cap.
Catch a Play at The Grand Theatre
Located in the downtown core of London, The Grand Theatre is Canada’s oldest continually-performing playhouse. You are guaranteed an inspiring night out with this winter line up including Fully Committed, Every Brilliant Thing, Honour Beat and Between Breaths. Top off your night at the Idlewyld Inn & Spa, a boutique hotel that combines the elegance of the past with modern amenities.
Get Lucky in Sarnia
Roll the dice at the Starlight Casino in Point Edward. You can be each other’s cheerleaders at the Blackjack, Roulette or Pokers tables. Or fly solo at one of their 494 slot machines. After all, absence does make the heart go fonder. Sometimes the most romantic getaways are those with the best food. Have dinner at downtown Sarnia’s Limbo Lounge. They pride themselves on providing the best of food, drink, and music for a memorable dinning and social experience. Lastly, whisk yourselves away in luxurious comfort at Insignia Hotel offering a truly authentic, upscale Sarnia experience.
Enjoy a Winery Weekend
Most wineries in Ontario’s Southwest don’t close for the winter, and make for a great weekend getaway. Check out the Toast the Coast Wine Trail where you can explore beautiful and tasty wineries from Norfolk County and Elgin County. You can sample the region’s distinctive wines, see the beauty of the vineyards in the snow, and indulge in the splendor of fine food and wine pairings. Looking for a place to cozy up for the night try The PRINN a boutique hotel offering modern cozy overnight accommodations in Port Rowan. If your feeling a bit more adventurous, try winter glamping in one of Long Point Eco Adventures winterized deluxe Pods. Or head to the Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Country and use the EPIC Tasting Pass, which unlocks complimentary tastings, premium samples, a free wine glass, and even a tour at one of the stops on the route. A few nearby accommodations to suit every couples style include The Grove Hotel, one of the Distinctive Inns of Kingsville, The Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast and HoriZen Bed and Breakfast.
Still looking for some more date night ideas? Why not go hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing at one of the beautiful trails in Ontario’s Southwest?